Robert Lewandowski obtained here off the bench to discover one and make one other as Barcelona beat Cadiz 4-zero on Saturday in a recreation that was delayed by over 50 minutes as a consequence of a medical emergency inside the stands.
Barca had been 2-zero up with 10 minutes to play when the sport was halted after a supporter suffered an apparent coronary heart assault. Cadiz goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma and substitute Jose Mari helped get a defibrillator and a stretcher to the supporter, who was later transported to a hospital. Cadiz president Manuel Vizcaino confirmed the fan’s situation was “safe” and the match finally restarted.
earlier to that, Frenkie de Jong had given Barca the lead collectively with his first purpose of the season, earlier than Lewandowski made it two from shut differ. Lewandowski then arrange the third for Ansu Fati after the restart, with Ousmane Dembele including the fourth in stoppage time.
1. Lewandowski stars as quickly as extra as Barca make it 5 wins in a row
Lewandowski can’t cease scoring. He needed simply eight minutes after approaching as a substitute in opposition to Cadiz to discover his ninth purpose of the season, these goals coming in simply six appearances. He then confirmed power and energy to tee up Ansu for Barca’s third purpose.
Barca had been already inside the lead when Lewandowski obtained here on inside the 57th minute, however solely simply. they’d struggled to interrupt down a Cadiz side that even have not scored this season, till De Jong’s opener inside the fifty fifth minute. The Dutch midfielder’s first purpose since February obtained here after good work from Gavi, and the purpose additionally arrived with Lewandowski, Dembele and Pedri stripped on the sideline and ready to get back on.
regardless of the purpose, Xavi caught collectively with his dedication to carry the trio on, and it did not take Barca prolonged to finish the sport off from there.
Barca have now obtained 5 matches in a row in all competitions and shortly sit prime of LaLiga forward of exact Madrid‘s recreation in opposition to Mallorca on Sunday. what’s going to please Xavi is how they’re discovering utterly different methods to win. they’ve struggled to interrupt down teams that sit deep in opposition to them underneath Xavi — they’d solely obtained two of the final six matches they had been drawing on the break earlier than Saturday — however they found a method by on the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla.
subsequent up is a go to to his former membership, Bayern Munich, inside the Champions League on Tuesday.
2. 9 modifications with Bayern in thoughts, however probabilities not taken
Lewandowski, Dembele and Pedri had been all on the bench as a outcome of Xavi picked his side with Bayern in thoughts. Barca made 9 modifications to the staff that beat Viktoria Plzen 5-1 inside the Champions League in midweek, and it informed in a disjointed first-half efficiency.
There was a debut for Hector Bellerin, who did okay at proper-again and helped arrange the second purpose, and we noticed a most important start of the season for Gerard Pique in defence. In assault, there have been probabilities for Ferran Torres and Memphis Depay to stake their declare for extra common soccer.
however, each flattered to deceive and had been taken off early inside the second half for Lewandowski and Dembele. Ferran will get extra probabilities as he comes again from an damage that sidelined him in preseason, however Memphis might not be so fortunate. The Dutch forward almost left inside the summertime, however finally caught round as a outcome of the sixth-selection forward after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s transfer to Chelsea.
three. Cadiz’s Barca run over, relegation threatens
the very final factor a staff which would possibly be backside of the league with no level or a purpose in 4 video games usually needs is a go to from Barca. Cadiz, although, can have been forgiven for welcoming a recreation in opposition to Xavi’s males.
Since they returned to LaLiga in 2020, they’d not misplaced to Barca, beating them twice and drawing twice, scoring 4 goals and conceding simply two. however that run ended on Saturday and Sergio Gonzalez’s side, even at this early stage of the season, look in trouble.
Cadiz have misplaced all 5 of their LaLiga fixtures to this point, failing to discover a single purpose and conceding 12 inside the method. it’d presumably’t be understated how needed Friday’s journey to exact Valladolid is — for them and for Gonzalez’s future.
Cadiz (4-2-three-1): Jeremias Ledesma 7; Joseba Zaldua 6, Luis Hernandez 6, Mamadou Mbaye 6, Alfonso Espino 5; Alex 5, Fede 5; Ivan Alejo 6, Ruben Sobrino 6, Brian Ocampo 6; Lucas Perez 6.
Subs: Theo Bongonda 6, Awer Mabil 6, Tomas Alarcon 6, Ruben Alcaraz 6, Alvaro Negredo 6.
Barcelona (4-three-three): Marc-Andre ter Stegen 6; Hector Bellerin 6, Ronald Araujo 6, Gerard Pique 6, Alex Balde 7; Frenkie de Jong 7, Sergio Busquets 6, Gavi eight; Raphinha 7, Memphis Depay 5, Ferran Torres 5.
Subs: Marcos Alonso 6, Pedri 6, Robert Lewandowski eight, Ansu Fati 6, Ousmane Dembele 7.
best and worst performers
best: Gavi, Barcelona
there have been a quantity of first rate performances on Saturday. Alejandro Balde did effectively at left-again, De Jong produced maybe his best current of the season and Lewandowski was good off the bench, however Gavi stood out collectively with his power and extreme quality, and he additionally helped arrange the opening purpose.
WORST: Memphis Depay, Barcelona
it is not simple coming into the side for minutes right here and there, however that is the state of affairs Memphis finds himself and there is strain to ship at Barca when an alternative comes your method. He did not step up at Cadiz.
Highlights and notable moments
What a second for De Jong, eh? His first purpose since February has clearly been positively value the wait.
FRENKIE DE JONG SCORES HIS FIRST purpose OF THE SEASON FOR BARÇA 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Ez90zSEphd
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 10, 2022
Then obtained here the sudden stoppage as a consequence of a medical emergency inside the gang. due to some swift actions, the fan’s situation was stabilized.
What a photograph. Cádiz keeper Conan Ledesma catching a defibrillator earlier than racing throughout helpful it to the emergency providers who had been attending to the fan who had collapsed inside the gang. https://t.co/X8X7B58EYW
— The Spanish soccer Podcast (@tsf_podcast) September 10, 2022
Barcelona acknowledged as a lot after the match, noting that the outcome wasn’t the precept factor to take away from Saturday.
immediately, there have been extra needed issues than soccer. pic.twitter.com/MMwjN6KzLD
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 10, 2022
After the match: What the managers, gamers acknowledged
“[The medical emergency] was not a nice state of affairs for anyone. well being and utterly different of us’s lives on an everyday basis come earlier than something. fortunately they had been ready to revive the particular person and in addition they’re healthful and safe. We felt, each teams, that it was proper to restart the sport. We hope the supporter recovers shortly. the sport is secondary inside the meantime, however it certainly was an needed win at a tough place to get back. We created an superb deal of probabilities, dominated the sport and it is three factors to protect up a correspondence on the elevated of the desk.” — Barca coach Xavi
“clearly we’re all affected by what occurred. Hopefully it was solely a scare inside the prolonged time period. soccer is for of us to get pleasure from themselves. it is a privilege to have the supporters we have, there have been an event of humanity all by what occurred — as had been the Barcelona followers. as a outcome of the captain of the ship, like on the Titanic, i’ve to be the final to leap. LaLiga is unforgiving. we have scored zero goals and have zero factors. however we ought to choose ourselves up. we ought to place off the dangerous sensations.” — Cadiz coach Sergio Gonzalez
Key Stats (provided by ESPN Stats & knowledge)
Lewandowski: 9 goals beforehand 5 video games, his most in a 5-recreation span with golf equipment since August-September 2021 (all comps). all by this streak, Lewandowski has scored 9 goals from 20 pictures (sixteen SOG), totaling 4.ninety eight xG
Lewandowski: turns into the fifth utterly different Barcelona participant since 2009-10 to discover in 5 straight matches throughout all competitions. In that span, Lionel Messi did it 22 separate instances, Luis Suárez six instances, Neymar three instances and Pedro as quickly as
Lewandowski: Has scored six goals in 5 LaLiga video games, making him the quickest participant to attain that decide inside the rivals inside the twenty first century (André Silva scored six goals in his first six video games for Sevilla in 2018)
Lewandowski: Entered the sport inside the 57th minute. This was his nineteenth profession league purpose as a substitute (Poland, Germany or Spain).
Lewandowski: Assisted Barcelona’s remaining two goals. It was the fifth time since 2017 he has had a membership recreation of two assists and no decrease than one purpose (all comps)
Ansu Fati: twenty first profession purpose for Barcelona (eight of them have been as a substitute)
De Jong: First purpose for Barcelona since Feb. 22 (Europa League vs. Napoli)
Cadiz: LaLiga’s backside membership aren’t going to get hold of the going any simpler inside the approaching week, with a should-win journey to exact Valladolid (9/sixteen, three p.m. ET, ESPN+) forward earlier than the two-week worldwide break. Can they lastly break their dismal run?
Barcelona: Xavi’s side have two video games this week forward of the two-week worldwide break. First up is a troublesome journey to Bayern Munich inside the UEFA Champions League (Tuesday), adopted by the go to of struggling Elche (9/17, 10.30 a.m. ET, ESPN+) in LaLiga. Can they shut the hole on exact Madrid?